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Tue 3 Nov 2020
10:00 - 11:30

Provided by: ourcambridge


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Thu 10 Dec 2020

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ourcambridge Speed Mentoring event

Tue 3 Nov 2020


"I liked that there was a diverse background of university staff involved in the session, and all of the mentors were really engaged and enthusiastic. I felt that I could be honest about some of my experiences in the University, good and bad. All the mentors I spoke to acted as a good sound board for the issues that I wanted to discuss and they have given me some excellent advice and ideas."

Are you feeling stuck in a rut? Would you like some inspiration or a supportive listening ear? Would you like to meet some new people from across the University and find out more about how this unique and strange institution works? This is a great opportunity for you. We have brought together panels of experienced managers and leaders from across the University for two special speed mentoring sessions so that they can offer you their support and advice.

Speed mentoring offers you the opportunity for a series of short, focused conversations about a specific question or issue you are struggling with. You will rotate around four different mentors, spending around 10 minutes with each, to gain different perspectives on an issue you are seeking to resolve or a project you are trying to progress. 

"The fact that we saw four different mentors was brilliant - we gained different perspectives, saw different mentoring types and were also introduced to people and roles we may not have known about."

Please register for just one of these events.

Tuesday 3rd November 2020 Time: 10.30-11.30


  • Jessica Barrick - Deputy Head - Finance and Studentships
  • Marie Butcher - Faculty Administrator - Faculty of Human, Social & Political Sciences
  • Daniel Wunderlich - Assistant Director (SHSS & SAH) – Research Office
  • Steve Riley - Chief Operating Officer - University Information Services
  • Linda Spinks - Process Improvement Manager - ourcambridge
  • Dr Susie Wan - Faculty Administrator - Faculty of Economics

Date: Thursday 10th December 2020 Time: 15.30-16.30


  • Amanda Hepton-Patchett - Communications Lead - ourcambridge
  • Anthony Dangerfield - Head - International Student Office
  • Kate Livingstone - Senior User Researcher - University Information Services
  • Marita Walsh - Support Services Manager - Department of Chemistry
  • Ben Warn - Acting Secretary - School of Arts & Humanities
  • Jane Wilkinson - Head - Postgraduate Admissions

Please note you will be invited to meet four out of the six mentors listed. Due to the complexity of the scheduling, it is not possible to request particular mentors. You will be sent details of who you will be meeting and the times, in advance. If you foresee any particular difficulty, please email

Target audience

Open to all University employees (but please note that all mentors will be Professional Services staff).


Please do the following in advance of the session:

  • Think about a problem/issue/challenge you would like to address during the session.
  • Try to identify any options you may be considering and think about the advantages and disadvantages of these.
  • Note down a two minute description of yourself and your role that provides context.

During each speed mentoring session, you will be asked to start with the description of yourself and then move on to the description of your problem/issue/challenge.

Please join the session 15 minutes in advance to ensure a smooth running and prompt start.


Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainers
1 Tue 3 Nov   10:00 - 11:30 10:00 - 11:30 Freya Villis,  Rebecca Shipley

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Get help with addressing a particular challenge.
  • Consider new approaches in a space away from your normal working environment.
  • Discuss and receive encouragement to develop your skills and knowledge.
  • Increase your confidence.
  • Build a support network outside your own team or work area to draw on in the future.
  • Understand and gain an insight into other parts of the University.

Microsoft Teams. You will be emailed invitations to your different mentor slots in advance of the event.


1 hr 15min

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